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Latest News from Settle and District Jan 31st


Settle Library is holding a “Harry Potter Night” this evening, 4th February between 4-5pm. Suitable for children aged 7 plus, there will be a range of crafts, games, spells and quizzes.


This week Settle has been entertaining a very important visitor in Settle Primary School, Zukie Buwa, a teacher from Kwezana. While at the school Zukie has been working with pupils and extending her computer skills and also working closely with staff at the school to develop projects which will then be undertaken by both sets of pupils. She has also had the opportunity to explore the area and visit the parish church and while she has enjoyed her visit she admits that she has found it very cold in comparison to home.


There will be a guided walk from Ribblehead to Hawes on Saturday 6 February departing from Riblblehad station at 10.06 and returning by service bus from Hawes to Garsdale. The walk is a 12 mile strenuous walk. No reservation is necessary  for these walks but all participants should ensure that they are appropriately clothed, carry a packed lunch where required and have suitable footwear. Details can also be found at


On Saturday 6 February at 11am there will be a performance of “The  Amazing Thing” by Lempen Puppet Theatre. This is a 55 minute performance suitable for age 5 and above. On the evening of 6 February there will be a concert by Phil Beer, singer and dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler with “Show of Hands”.  On 7 February the First  Sunday Folk night hosts a concert by the Radio 2 Folk Awards “Folk Singer of the Year for 2015”, Nancy Kerr.  Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest worldwide organisation devoted to the promotion and preservation of Irish Traditional Music, Song, Dance & Language and the international Comhaltas tour concert, ‘Echoes of Erin’, comes  to Settle of February 13. The performance features a collaboration of the very best in music, song and dance  bringing together the best of Irish culture in a programme commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising. Formerly “The Spooky Men’s Chorale, “A Fistful of Spookies” will be performing classics from the Spooky canon of testosterone-fuelled tunes and tomfoolery when they appear at the hall on February 19th to entertain with deadpan comedy delivered via sophisticated a capella vocals. February 20th sees a musical treat when the Mark Nevin band perform.  Mark Nevin came to prominence in the late 80s as the founding member, guitarist and songwriter of Fairground Attraction, with whom he enjoyed the number 1 single ‘Perfect’ and multi-platinum album, ‘First of a Million Kisses’. He went on to collaborate as co-writer to Morrissey (scoring 4 top 20 singles), Kirsty MacColl and Lloyd Cole. His songs have been covered, among many others, by David Bowie, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. On 21 February there will be a return visit by Talking Stock productions to perform the next chapter in the story of the life of retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, Godfrey Shackleton, in “Godfrey’s Last Love: Bring me Sunshine.” Celebrating his lottery win with a lads’ trip to Morecambe and a beer or two. Godfrey bumps into a twinkly widow, Betty, who’s there on a bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club. But even with love in the third age, the path to happiness does not run smoothly.  For details and tickets of all events contact 01729 825718.


The next Charity Dance will take place at St Mary and St Michael Parish Hall, Tillman Close, off Kirkgate on Saturday February 6th. This will run from 8-11pm.  All proceeds will be donated to “Cancer Support” (Skipton and District). If you are able to, please confirm your attendance by contacting 01729  823259 / 824038. New dancers are always welcome – contact above numbers for details.


On 9 February the Falcon Manor Hotel is hosting a business and community road show between 10.30-12 in connection with the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire. Settle and Giggleswick will be part of the route for the first day of the tour, 29 April and the aim of the road show is to allow local firms, community groups and  individuals to find out more about what will be happening on the day and to find out how they can become involved. There will also be a question and answer session along with advice on the “do’s and Don’ts” for those wishing to become involved in the event in town. Register for tickets via Tour De Yorkshire website.


The next meeting will take place on 15 February at Townhead Court at 7.30pm. The theme for the evening will be  “Yorkshire in 1970’s and 1980’s”  by John Bentley. John addressed the group in 2014 with many photos covering his live music images – this time his talk will be about documentary and street images, all taken in Yorkshire and will include a number he has scanned from his significant collection taken pre-digital. The gallery for the evening will be “Informal Portraits”, using lessons learnt from the December lecture by Steve Finch


On Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 7.30pm Village Hall, Long Preston there will be a talk on “St Helen’s Chapel, Malham and the Dissolution of the Chantries 1547-1553” by Dr Victoria Spence. This promises to be a most interesting evening and guests are very welcome to join members at the meeting. (£2 payable on the door)


The 2016 Rotary Merry-go-Round dinner will be held on Friday 19th February 2016. The format as usual is a three course meal, with each course served at a different hostelry/restaurant in the Settle area and with all parties meeting at the dining hall at Giggleswick School at 7pm to start the evening. The evening offers all the attractions of good locations, good company and fine wining and dining. Tickets for this popular event will cost £19 with a minimum of £5 from each ticket going to the chosen charities. To book tickets please contact  01729 822445, parties of up to 8 can be accommodated when booked in advance. There are a number of new locations this year with courses being served at  The New Inn, The Courtyard, Talbot Arms, Ravenous, Boars Head, Craven Heifer, Gamecock, Craven Arms, Knight’s Table, Harts Head and Helwith Bridge.  The charities benefitting this year will be Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation and Settle Swimming Pool.


Organised by Churches Together in Settle and District, this year’s Lent groups will be held at St John’s church and commence on 17 February at 7.30pm. This year the material for study is inspired by the novel “Les Miserables” and entitled “Another Story Must Begin”. All welcome.


There are currently vacancies for the Monday Club, a lunch group for older people. This meets at St John’s Church in the coffee lounge every week between 12 -2pm. There is a hot meal followed by an activity, such as a speaker or a quiz. The cost per week is £4.20.  Transport can be arranged if required. For information contact Age UK on 01729 823066.


There will be a further letter writing opportunity on 24 February at Friends Meeting House, between 5.30-8.30pm. You are invited to come along and support Amnesty International by writing a letter which may help to save someone’s life.  There will be plenty of information available and help is on hand if required. For details contact  01729 268912.


Having recently established itself in newly refurbished premises, St John’s Methodist Church is holding a weekend of celebration and thanksgiving on February 27th and 28th. On Saturday there will be “open house” from 10-4 with free refreshments and an opportunity to come along and view the premises, to find out more about the numerous community groups who already use the premises and to enjoy performances and demonstrations by some of those groups. All are welcome to come along and drop in throughout the day.  On Sunday at 2.30pm there will be a special service of thanksgiving which will be attended by many of those involved in the designing and re-fashioning of the premises.



Well done to the pupils who participated in the Catteral Shield Cross Country Event, completed the course and even returned smiling! Congratulations also to the following KS2 pupils, who took part in the recent cluster schools KS2 Sportshall Athletics Event. They all participated well and showed enthusiasm, great team spirit and good sporting attitudes; our school was placed 4th overall, although the Y5/6 boys’ team returned with bronze medals, having come 3rd overall. Well done, everyone!


The second of this seasons Gigg Lectures takes place on 11 February when John Bradshaw talks on “Courage and Humility”. John Bradshaw grew up during the civil war in Zimbabwe. Leaving school, he was conscripted into the military where he joined a bomb disposal and anti-landmine unit. It was during this time that he was caught in the blast from a device, eventually losing his sight. Throughout all of this he has had many conversations about courage – what is it and how do we get it? In this talk he discusses his thoughts on courage – particularly as it relates to confronting our inner-selves.  For further information contact: 01729 893180

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